“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Beds „
I recently revamped my daughters room and as she was ready for a bed that was next on my list. We have all the Mammut furniture and it was my intention to get the matching bed however when I measured it I decided it would take up far too much space and even though my daughter has a decent sized room I didn't want it overloaded with furniture.
I saw this on the Ikea website for just £55 which I thought was great value. You can choose from pine or blue which have a dog and a cat on the headboard or white which has sheep on the headboard. I chose white as it was more serviceable and matched the room theme better. Included in the price you pay is the guard rail and also the wooden slats for under the bed.
When assembled the bed measures;
Length: 165 cm
Width: 75 cm
The size of it is fairly decent when assembled and I can see this lasting a good few years, I myself can lie down on it and my feet just hang over, I am 5 ft 6 so I was confident this will last my daughter a good few years. The only thing that you do need to buy separately is a mattress and these range from £25 to £80 I chose a more expensive mattress as I wanted to make sure my daughter was comfortable.
The bed comes in one box the slats are packaged separately so you need to make sure you remember to pick them up. I had to borrow a car to actually get it home as it was too big for my car. It fit nicely in a Citreon C4 Picasso. It wasn't too heavy to lift and I actually carried it into the house myself.
The bed was really easy to assemble it took me about 45 minutes, you get an alan key included in the box and you need a philips head screwdriver. The frame was easy to move once it was constructed too which enabled me to position it where I wanted in the bedroom. The bed is made of solid wood and when I was putting it together it felt sturdy and of good quality. The headboard is a nice touch with the two sheep. The guard on the bed can be placed either side and it doesn't leave any marks on the wood so eventually when it isn't needed anymore it can be removed.
Once I had assembled the bed I made it up with my daughters new Hello Kitty duvet set. The first time she saw the bed she was very excited. She could easily get on and off as it was low to the floor. It is also high enough to fit underbed storage boxes which free up space especially if you have a smaller room.
My daughter slept in the bed the first night no problem and for the first few weeks it was a novelty for her she constantly wanted to sit in the bed and snuggle under the duvet.
I have sat on the bed a few times when I have been in her room as has my partner and the bed is solid. It can easily take the weight of an adult and in fact one night I managed to fall asleep in there with her when she was ill and I am pleased to say I had a decent nights sleep.
The bed looks lovely in her room and is easy to keep clean with just a quick wipe over.
I would definitely recommend this, compared to other beds I looked at this is slightly larger so will last longer and is of good quality for the money.
My daughter has had this bed now for about 18 months and she loves it. When I knew I was pregnant with my second child we knew we had to decorate a room for my little girl and get her moved out of the cot which we were going to need soon into a room of her own and a proper big girls bed. She moved really well and although she loves hours of stories and cuddles, is great at staying in bed and I think a lot of that is to do with this special big girl bed we got. We looked in a few places and in terms of value for money you can't go wrong with Ikea.
This is an Ikea bed and to be honest there weren't many to choose from, I think this was the only one we liked but luckily my little girl liked it too, she went as far as laying in the bed in the Ikea store and wouldn't get out. The bed we got is white (I think it comes in a lurid blue colour too but as her room is white that was our only choice) and it is a single bed but a lot smaller than a regular single bed. The measurements below are taken from the Ikea website:
Length: 165 cm
Width: 75 cm
Footboard height: 47 cm
Headboard height: 67 cm
Free height under furniture: 22 cm
Mattress length: 160 cm
Mattress width: 70 cm
The bed is big enough for an adult to lay next to a child though as I've done this on many a night although its a bit small length wise so you need to sort of position yourself at an angle if you want your legs to fit. There is a small headboard but in it are cut out images of little sheep. Its quite a cute design for a child's bed I think and makes you think of counting sheep when you go to sleep. At the end of the bed there is a raised little end too and this is nice as we pile up lots of stuffed animals against this section.
The bed comes with a safety rail which clamps onto the side of the bed by the head. It doesn't go the full length of the bed so if your little one wants to get out of bed themselves they can shuffle to the end of the bed to get out. I didn't mind this at all because the bed is so close to the ground that they will not really fall if they know how to get up and down off of things like sofas and chairs. I did like the peace of mind it gave though for when she was asleep at night. We have got rid of this safety rail now. I was a bit annoyed that when we removed in it took off some of the paintwork where it had been clamped but its not such a big deal. Be careful because when you buy the bed the safety rail comes in a separate box in a different part of the warehouse so you need to make sure you pick up all the boxes.
The bottom of the bed has wooden slats that are all attached by fabric like a normal bed and this just fits in the bottom. I would also recommend buying the Ikea mattress and bedding as well because when you try to buy bedding from other shops it doesn't really fit this bed very well as its a bit of a weird size from everything else we have found. I would say this bed will probably last my little girl another couple of years. It looks more expensive than it was and she will not outgrown it for a long time.
The bed cost £55 from Ikea and I have some lovely photos of it in my girls room if anyone wishes to see them.
The Kritter Toddler bed is really poorly designed.
1. The soft pine splinters and shreds if an orally fixated kid gnaws on it.
2. A curious child can easily pull the slats up. My daughter pulled her mattress up, played with the slats, put the mattress back down, and then crawled over it... at which point she fell down into the resulting hole. It is inexcusable that they do not provide a more sturdy solution. We had to nail it down, as this happened more than once.
3. The mattress that was recommended for it was covered with a fine "felt" that disintegrated when my daughter played with it, the resulting ball of long strands could be a choking hazard. She would pull off the Ikea sheets to get at the mattress. I have nothing against inexpensive products, but the construction of the mattress was inexcusably cheap. It's not like cotton or vinyl are that expensive, either would have been more durable.
4. The "safety" rail sticks out in such a way that if a child decides to crawl out of the bed next to the rail, it can (and will) catch on clothing. Cribs are not allowed to have this kind of construction, and I feel it's even more of a concern with an active toddler.
There are plenty of other options out there, this one is just not well thought out or appropriate for kids with any tendency to bite or play.
The Kritter bed frame/base retails at around £50 from Ikea. It is the perfect size for a toddler/pre-schooler, making it an ideal first bed. It has a safety rail along one side, minimising the likelihood of them rolling out in their sleep. It is also pretty close to the ground so on the few occasions when my son has come out he hasn't woken up, let alone got hurt! We opted for the pine bed as our son was immediately drawn to the cat and dog shapes in the headboard and we thought that it would be equally as appealing for a girl, should we have a daughter in future. It will also match any colour bedspreads.
It was simple to assemble, although it may have been trickier to assemble alone. We found that at certain stages it needed one person to hold it while the other worked with the allen key. It took around 20-30 mins to put together (and we are not the best at DIY!).
We decided to move on to a bed shortly after our son turned 2, as he started climbing out of his cot. It has been so much easier than we expected. He was really excited to be in a 'big boy bed' but has always slept well in it and we've had no battles with him getting out to run around his room. The Kritter bed is still going strong 6 months down the line and there is masses of room. I would envisage that he will still easily fit it when he is 4 or 5.
The only disadvantage that I can think of is it can occasionally creak quite loudly when he moves around, although this tends to be before he goes to sleep when he's shuffling around more. Of course, this could also be due to inept assembly!
I would definitely recommend this bed and certainly intend to use it for any children we have in future.
Little sleepy head
My little girl has been a great sleeper even from a very early age, which is something we feel very blessed - and a little bit smug - about! She has always slept like a dream in her cot and she seems to even enjoy occasional lie-ins!
Once she turned two we started to think it was high time we made the transition to a bed - her cot is quite small and it isn't a cot bed so we would need to make the purchase from scratch. However, a reluctance to do anything that may upset her sleeping patterns meant we kept putting the purchase off for longer and longer! Then once she turned two and half I decided enough was a enough and we had to take the plunge and buy a bed, otherwise we would end up still trying to cram her in to her cot when she's a teenager.
I decided, as I almost always do these days, to do a little research online and it took me hardly any time at all to choose a bed for her. My one pre-requisite was that it would be white to match the rest of her furniture, so when I found this one on the Ikea website for around £50, complete with a guardrail, I looked no further!
The bed is part of Ikea's Kritter range of children's furniture which includes a selection of items such as wardrobes and drawers. We already have two little Kritter chairs and I have been perfectly happy with the quality and durability of these so I was happy to make this purchase with confidence.
The bed also comes in blue and pine (which I guess you could paint to be any colour of your choice). It costs £49.99 and it does NOT include a mattress. The bed is 165cm long, 75cm wide and 67cm high. You'll need a mattress that measures 160cm long and 70cm wide for this bed and, surprise surprise, Ikea stocks a range of mattresses in this exact size!
With my husband and daughter waiting in the car, I did a quick dash into Ikea to pick up the bed. Luckily I had written the product codes down as I decided to buy the bed, mattress and fitted sheets - I think it might be quite tricky to find a mattress to fit the bed exactly in other stores so I would personally recommend this option. They stock many mattresses that are the exact size for this bed in a range of price options.
A word of warning which I hope will be useful to any potential buyers. If you go into Ikea to pick this up, make sure you come out with three packages! The sides and ends of the bed are packaged separately (but stocked together on the shelves - at least in the Edmonton branch at the time I made this purchase!) and you also need to make sure you pick up the slats for the base of the bed - usefully these are stocked separately so don't forget to pick them up! None of the boxes was hugely heavy, and I was quite able to get them on the trolley myself. Like I say, I also grabbed a mattress and fitted sheets for the bed so I hoped that I had everything I needed.
Getting this home I was keen to get started so we took the boxes up to my daughter's room and unpacked them. Thankfully there were very few pieces - the two sides, the top and bottom ends, two long metal struts to support the bed base and the obligatory bag full of nuts, bolts and screws! There is also a bed rail that goes along the side of the bed to stop any tumbles - this can go on either side of the bed and is completely moveable. Although my husband was out I decided to get to work on this by myself, with some 'help' from my daughter who was keen to get involved.
Constructing this bed was really very simple. Although I have had a lot of experience over the years of assembling flatpack furniture, I think most people could manage this one. All you need is a screwdriver and possibly an extra pair of hands to slot the ends on to the sides and to unfurl the slats for the base of the bed. The most tedious part of the job is screwing the metal struts to either side of the bed to support the bed base. This is a very easy job but there are 11 screws on each side so it isn't the most exciting of jobs. Lucky for me I had free entertainment in the shape of my daughter who helped out by putting various screws into various holes for me. Needless to say I had to take these all out but it kept her amused while I got on with the construction! But all in all it was very straightforward and everything slotted together in a very straightforward way, with screws to hold it all in place. I would say it could all be done easily within one hour.
The look of this bed is very simple and it does look lovely once it is made I think. The only slight bit of detailing is two cut-out white sheep at the head of the bed which is a very cute touch, but again is plain enough not to detract from the simplicity of the bed. I think it would suit any decor or colour scheme. It also seems extremely sturdy and secure and I have no concerns about anything coming loose or giving way.
My daughter was delighted with her bed and couldn't wait to give it a go - I got the sheets and covers on quickly so she could test it out. She was chuffed to bits with her new bed and so were we as it is just right for her and very cute! She really enjoys snuggling into it with her assortment of toys. I bought a standard single duvet for the bed and again I should mention that this is a lot bigger than the bed itself which is obviously smaller than a standard single, so I have had to tuck the duvet down the sides. I am sure you get a smaller duvet if you wanted to but to me it was just another expense whereas the bigger duvet will hopefully last us a while yet.
But did it pass the sleep test? Well - so far so good and I am delighted to report that our lazy little girl hasn't had any problems adapting to her lovely new bed. In fact she loves the novelty of it and needs less encouragement than ever to accept that it's bedtime! It's also lovely being able to snuggle on there with her which of course wasn't an option when she was in her cot.
My sleepy summary...
All in all we are all very happy with this bed. It is a really good price and is of a very high quality for the money we paid - it seems very durable and I am confident it will last us a good few years before we need to upgrade again.
The Kritter is one of Ikea's toddler beds hence the tiny size. We bought this bed for our daughter when she was about 2 in a lovely primary red colour.
The design is a very simple frame with 2 animal silhouettes in the head board, these animals are used throughout the rest of the kritter range that includes a miniature table and chairs amongst other things.
The bed comes with a removable guard rail which was really useful at first as this was our daughters first bed after her cot and we did not want her to fall out due to a lack of bars. The guard just clamps on to the main frame using two small rubber grippers, though not completely secure it was suffice to hold a 2-3 year old in place.
There were 2 mattress options when we bought the bed, the cheaper option was a very soft roll up mattress which i thought was aimed at potty trainers as i imagine you could wash it in a large washing machine. Our daughter was potty trained and so i decided to get the more expensive sprung mattress thinking this would be more comfortable however i now think she would have appreciated the softer mattress as this one seems a little firm for her light weight never the less she sleeps through the night without complaint.
The bed was easy enough to assemble and dis assemble when we moved home and after 2 years it is still going strong, i myself have even spent a night on this bed and i weigh in at 13 stone so i'd say it's going to last a good while yet.
I purchased the IKEA kritter bed for my almost 2 year old as she was ready to be moved from her cot. We went to have a look around IKEA, with the intention of buying the cheaper toddler bed, but decided this bed was of a much better quality and would hopefully last for our youngest.
We bought the extra tent/canopy in blue to go over the top and to encourage our daughter to stay in the bed as she was much happier to be in with us.
The bed was easy to put together, and was sturdy. Despite it looking sturdy we were not expecting to be able to get on it ourselves, as after all it is designed for toddlers. We have found that mummy, daddy and two toddlers can get sit on the bed for story time and the bed is fine!
This bed is still going strong after being taken apart, moved countries and being put back together. It is now being used for our youngest, he has just turned two. I would recommend this bed to anyone, as it is great.
We did not bother to buy toddler bedding and just used single flat sheets and a single duvet. These are too big, but we have found this manageable.
Ive bought this bed for my little girl to move into from her cot but when its put up its HUGE! and so much bigger than i expected it to be that ive since been out and bought a junior bed so my little girl isnt thrown into a bed at the deep end.
its a lovely little bed though, the animals ion the head and foot boards make it look so nice and ikea do other bits in the same range to match also.
Its very sturdy when built and its very easy to put together too,only took me and my dad about half an hour to build it up. as always with ikea the mattress is a funny sioze so you have to buy the correct one from them or you end up paying around £130 for one off the internet when the proper one from ikea is around £30
can wait for my little one to get a bit bigger so we can build her big girl bed up again.
We needed two beds, one for each of our 4 year old children. These beds fitted the bill perfectly. The frame of the beds are solid wood, and it's unfinished so that meant they could easily be paint with ordinary house hold paint to match their bed rooms (one was painted pink and one blue, a couple of years late the blue was then painted red without any problem).
I paid £37 each for the bed with a mattress, which I think is excellent value. The bed is about 3/4 the size of a single bed but is perfect children 2-6 years old and in small bedroom can give them more floor space while still giving them a bed big enough to sleep in comfort.
The beds have solid wood slats, that I have never had an issue with. The beds were very simply to put together (and take apart which makes cleaning the bedrooms very easy)
you just can't beat this value, £40 for a complete bed that will last 4 years or more before the child out grows it and even after those 4 years thanks to the solid wood constructions the bed will still be fine to pass on to someone else.
I was fairly determined that when my son was too big for his cot he would go straight into a regular bed. In my textbook world I couldn't see any reason why a smaller toddler bed would be required. However.
A number of things worked in unison to mean that this ideal was not achieved, the most relevant being that my son was the biggest sleeping fidget you've ever met. He stayed still for no more than about 2 minutes at a time and it was a bit of a joke that I'd go and check on him before bed, finding him in one position, comment upon it to mu husband who would then go in and find him in a completely different position. More often than not these positions were such that my son was pushed up or leaning against the side of the cot.
When my son was big enough that he could, had he have tried, have climbed out of the cot we decided that it was time for a big bed - simply for safety. It seemed that a toddler bed was inevitable and moreover, one with a side would be great! Not wanting to spend much on what we hope will be a transitory item of furniture we decided to see what IKEA had to offer and there our prayers were answered.
The KRITTER bed is a very basic toddler bed. It has a traditional wooden-framed design with the added extra of a cat and dog shape on the headboard. It is available in red, blue or natural wood and we opted for the latter. It's one of the cheapest IKEA toddler beds.
Like most IKEA furniture this bed comes flat-packed ready for assembly and as we have come to note it really is incredibly easy to put together. Although it's easier to put together with two people it's certainly possible to do this alone. The trademark allen key is all that is required and it's supplied. A few screws later and you have a bed frame.
The thing that attracted us to the KRITTER was the fact that there is a removable bed rail which can be fitted to either side of the bed, as required, or not used at all. The rail runs about half the length of the bed and sits about 15 cm high. When our son first used the bed we'd often find him sleeping up against this rail. It was also excellent for keeping bedtime toys in! As our son grew we decided that he had to learn to sleep without a bar or rail and so we removed the bar. IKEA provide hole covers to go in the holes that the bar would have been mounted in and so there is no aesthetic detriment to not using the rail. Our son did fall out a few times and his toys invariably fall out every night - he's learnt though!
The base of the KRITTER is a SULTAN LADEN base - this is, in effect, a load of slats coupled together with webbing. The base seems to sit well in the bed and provide sufficient support. I'm not sure it would take an adult jumping on the bed but it will withstand some fairly rough toddler treatment.
The KRITTER doesn't come with a mattress. That needs to be bought separately. This is good in that it gives you choice and flexibility although it's worth noting that some of the mattresses fit better than others into the solid frame.
If there's a downside of the KRITTER it is that it's hard to get bedding to fit the shorter toddler bed. The bed is too large for cot-bed sized linen but too small for single bed linen. This makes the bed quite hard to make up neatly but, if like me, you have a toddler who loves playing under the covers it all becomes rather academic!
The other advantage of the KRITTER is that it is easy to disassemble and reassemble again. This means that, when our son finally goes into an adult bed we can store the bed easily (or sell it on as appropriate).
I imagine that this bed would be good up to about the age of 6 based on the height of my son and other friends' children. It's certainly changed my opinion of toddler beds and, being such a simple design is unlikely to "offend" the child as they grow.
Mattress length: 160 cm. Mattress width: 70 cm.